Thursday, November 30, 2006

Strange Discovery

Yesterday I heard a story on the radio, that if I hadn't heard it on NPR, I would have thought was a joke. But it's not.

The story was about the next launch of the space shuttle Discovery, which is scheduled for December 7. As missions go, this one is going to be pretty good. Commander Mark Polansky states: "What makes this one singularly unique is the fact that we're going to rewire the space station."

Pretty cool if you ask me. A super high-tech mission. A true testament to what our greatest scientific minds can achieve.

At least that's what I was thinking until the radio anchorman stated this additional little factoid: "NASA wants the shuttle mission back before January 1 because they're not sure the shuttle's computers can handle the changeover from 2006 to 2007.

Wa-huh?!! Did I just hear them say that the space shuttle, one of the world's most technologically advanced inventions in the history of mankind, can NOT perform a year-end changeover? Can NOT calculate a formula that my coffee maker can handle?

I know, that's crazy stupid. In fact, I didn't believe it so much that I had to go online here to find out for sure, which actually wasn't all that easy to find.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share the silly insanity of this with all of you. Unless of course the whole shuttle program is actually just an elaborate hoax and has never existed in the first place.

Oh sorry, did I just go there?


Anonymous said...

Now that's impressive.

Top notch people working on our space program.

Mom Thumb said...

When it comes to the space program, I'm with Lewis Black. What's up with the ozone layer . . . "we have astronauts, we have Saran Wrap. FIX IT!"

Anonymous said...

I guess this whole story makes me thankful that the riskiest thing I do during my day is was up my twelve year old at 6:30 AM.

I love this infinity and beyond!

Waya said...

Things that make you go "hmm"! So now when people say "what are you a rocket scientist?" People will have to add "but do you know how to change the clock?" Hee hee.

Anonymous said...

That is... frightening. I'd heard this a few days ago and I shook my head then and I'm still baffled. It can't be that difficult piece of code - I'll send my programmer husband over to NASA to fix something my ancient VCR can do.

Anonymous said...

I hate to ask again, but

Are you and my husband in cahoots or something? Kurt is sort of a conspiracy nut...don't even get me started on his 9/11 blog posts. Yeesh!

Seriously, you two need to get together for coffee sometime. I think you would find each other fascinating.

but Momma said...

It's Y2K all over again! But I've seen Apollo 13 again and again, and I feel certain that they can fix it with a little duct tape.

Anonymous said...


Bugwit said...

I don't see why they don't just build an escalator up there.

yellojkt said...

It's that Year 2.007K Bug

Anonymous said...

I smell a rat on the whole "went to the moon" thing. It's been forever since that happened, and we haven't really gone ANYWHERE. Think how far every other technological category has advanced in such a long timeframe. Shouldn't we all be living on Mars or something?

Liars. They're dirty liars.

Anonymous said...

What? It's almost 2007? Sheesh. It's still 2005 in my mind. Although my CD player frequently makes it sound like its the 1970s or 1980s. And somewhere around here there is probably a fruitcake from 2001. I can't keep up. But I do expect more from NASA.

simon shack said...

Jeff wrote:
"Unless of course the whole shuttle program is actually just an elaborate hoax and has never existed in the first place".

Wow, Jeff! You were really onto something - already in 2006!? Sincere congratulations for your foresight and intuition :O)

kind regards


(ps: yes - it would appear that the shuttle program was a gigantic hoax - from the word go.)